Just hours after President Obama proposed corporate tax reform in exchange for congressional support of a $302 billion transportation bill to pay for badly needed repairs to the nation’s decaying highways, roads, and bridges, power brokers from business, academia, and the federal government gathered at Harvard Business School on February 26, 2014 to begin a private, two-day summit called America on the Move: Transportation and Infrastructure for the 21st Century.
The conference was convened to apply strategic thinking to key challenges facing the United States in the global marketplace in fundamental areas that drive and support the economy, such as energy, information technology, and the transportation of goods and people.
Topics of discussion included intermodal connectivity, vehicle and technology innovation, infrastructure finance, rethinking cities and regions, and strengthening leadership and sustainability. The gathering is part of the U.S. Competitiveness Project, on ongoing initiative that launched three years ago to use the intellectual capital and global reach of HBS to understand ways to improve or restore the nation’s competitive edge in complex, critical domains such as K-12 education and here, infrastructure and transportation.
- Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta Airlines
- Mary Barras, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors
- Gen. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
- Thomas Donohue, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
- Scott Griffith, recent CEO, Zipcar
- Jeffrey Immelt, CEO, General Electric
- Lowell McAdam, CEO, Verizon
- Karen Mills, former U.S. Small Business Administrator, Obama Cabinet
- Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator
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